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We take an in-depth look at the biopic of the late, great Princess Diana, starring Naomi Watts.
Oscar-winner Jessica Chastain was originally lined up for the role, before Naomi Watts replaced her last year, saying it would be an 'honour to be able to play this iconic role.'
Naomi Watts has been nominated for an Oscar twice herself. Could it be that Diana makes it third time lucky for the actress?
The film recreates many of the late Princess of Wales' most iconic pictures and wardrobes.
The film's director, Germany’s Oliver Hirschbiegel, has previous success with biopics. His 2004 Downfall, which told the story of Adolph Hitler's last days, won him widespread acclaim - and an Oscar nomination. Picture: YouTube
Naomi Watts admits she had reservations about portraying such a figure: 'the biggest reason that made me pause was how the princes were going to feel about this,' the 44-year-old told the Sunday Times. 'I do care deeply about how the princes [Will and Harry] feel. I am a mum of two boys.'
The film's trailer features clips depicting Princess Diana's charity work with AIDS victims. The princess became an extremely passionate philanthropist in the years before her untimely passing and was one of the first high profile public figures to discuss HIV candidly.
The late princess bravely demonstrated for the International Campaign to Ban Landmines. The Campaign won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1997, just months after her passing.
The movie attempts to shed some light on the dynamic between Princess Diana and Dr Hasnat Khan.
Dr. Hasnat Khan, whom Princess Diana described as 'Mr Wonderful', was apprehensive about the attention attached to being in a relationship with 'the most famous woman in the world.'
The surgeon did not give any inside information to the filmmakers and has already criticised the depiction, telling the Daily Mail: 'It is all based on hypotheses and gossip.’
Naomi Watts and Naveen Andrews' characters share an intimate moment in the official trailer. Picture: YouTube
'I ran the Martin Bashir TV interview so often that it got to the point where I was watching it on my iPhone while I was out jogging,' she told Hello! magazine. 'I had five minutes of her walk, five minutes of her wave, five minutes of her laugh that I’d watch again and again,' she continued. 'She laughed a lot, actually, and had a cheeky sense of humour and would crack jokes you wouldn’t expect a princess to crack.'
'There was something very intriguing about this woman's life,' Watts told the Sunday Times. 'It was extraordinary.'
The late Princess of Wales was one of the most photographed women in the world, but her story has never before been told on the big screen.